Aoife Flanagan

W100 Representative

Aoife FlanaganAdvisor to the President on Reputation Strategy

Aoife Flanagan is responsible for Reputation Strategy at the University of Galway. With over 15 years’ experience in Higher Education, Aoife has held a number senior roles as Head of Planning and Institutional Research at both RCSI and University of Galway. Prior to this Aoife worked in a number of senior Business Intelligence roles in both Irish and international organisations.

University of Galway

Queen’s College Galway was founded in 1845. Following the construction of the iconic Quadrangle building, the University opened its doors four years later to the first cohort of just 68 students.

University of Galway has grown massively in size and reputation over the past 175 years, with a student population today of over 18,000. According to QS World University Rankings, we are ranked 259 in the world and have been increasing our global reach and reputation over the past decade.

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A distinct and vibrant region,deeply connected internationally

Inspired by the unique qualities of the region, including its rich culture and traditions, and history of diversity and trade, University of Galway reaches outwards to the world, through a global network of partnerships, collaborations, and alumni, as well as a globally connected faculty.

University of Galway is firmly committed to investing in the social, economic, and intellectual development of the entire region.

By building on the strengths of its local communities and resources, the University is inspired to leave its mark on the rest of the world and its international reach provides a firm platform for its future development.


"We champion our core values of respect, excellence, openness and sustainability. We intend that these values will reinforce each other and, together, they will enhance our university’s distinctiveness."



Research institutes


Of graduates are employed or in further study 6 months after graduating

University of Galway is a globally focused research-led university. It recognises that research areas are neither standalone nor static and that the problems of the world are not and cannot be solved from just one perspective. With that in mind research at University of Galway incorporates the university’s knowledge of global challenges, national needs, and regional necessities so that its research areas enable an interdisciplinarity approach and impact.

The University’s approach to research is focused on the following three words: Purpose, People, Place.  The purpose of research and innovation at University of Galway is to benefit humanity, society, and the economy, in other words, to create impact. Its people are creative in their thinking and collaborative in their approach and it’s place is distinct—a vibrant region on the edge of Europe—connected globally.

Engaging with its partners locally, nationally, and worldwide, the university invites ambition in research that underpins the following areas:

Enhancing Society and Policy

Enriching creativity and culture

Improving health and wellbeing

Realising potential through data and enabling technologies

Sustaining our planet and people

The University of Galway’s research displays breadth, depth, and interdisciplinarity of its expertise, both fundamental and applied, across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. This is key to its success and ability to drive impact and respond to emerging fields of research.

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The World 100 Reputation Network is a group of the best universities in the world, delivering research that enhances reputation and offering leaders the chance to develop their own careers on a global stage. Members benefit from events and study tours, training, monthly media monitoring, and unique reputation research to provide institutional advantage.

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